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    For the past three years I have been working on an addition to the back of my garage. Recently I have begun moving my machine tools into the addition, which is nearing completion. My lathe in its original location had a large shelf above it, with a 4' light mounted below it. The lighting was so good that I never bothered to install the task light that came with the lathe. In the following picture you can see the light above the lathe in its old location.

    1. Old lathe location
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    In the following picture you can see the lathe in its new location. The ceiling is 9'4" and I was spoiled by the excellent light from the previous location so I added a light on a swing arm in the same relative position as the old lathe location. The swing arm was necessary to swing the light out of the way to allow the chainfall to move on the I-beam above the lathe.

    2. New lathe location
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    I decided to use 3/4" EMT conduit for the swing arms. I sanded off the galvanize with a 120 grit sanding flap disk. I made the welds using my
    Lincoln 140 amp welder with .025" wire, using the default WFS and Voltage settings. Below is a picture of one of the two swing arms.


    3. New swing arm for LED
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    And here is a close up of one of the welds.

    4. Close up of weld
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    And here is a close up of one weld painted. The Rustoleum aluminum color paint makes the sanded and welded area blend in nicely.

    5. Close up of weld painted
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    Miller Thunderbolt
    Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
    Miller Dynasty 200DX
    Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
    Lincoln LE 31 MP
    Lincoln 210 MP
    Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
    16" DuAll Saw
    15" Drill Press
    7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
    20 Ton Arbor Press
    Bridgeport

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    I often put plywood on top of the wire shelving to keep small stuff from falling through, so I just used a hole saw to drill a hole through the plywood to support the swing arm. I used a radiator clamp to hold the swing arm and a washer to minimize wear on the plywood.

    6. Mounted swing arm
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    Normally the swing arm is extended holding the light directly above the centerline of the lathe.

    7. Swing arm extended
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    When I want to use the chainfall to move a heavy tailstock or chuck I can swing the arm to the retracted position shown below.

    8. Swing arm retracted
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    I added swivel links to allow the light to rotate relative to the swing arm. The best way to find the correct size swivel links is to search for "key chain swivel links". The jewelry swivel links are too expensive and the rigging type swivel links are too large and expensive.

    9. Swivel link
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    -Don
    Miller Thunderbolt
    Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
    Miller Dynasty 200DX
    Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
    Lincoln LE 31 MP
    Lincoln 210 MP
    Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
    16" DuAll Saw
    15" Drill Press
    7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
    20 Ton Arbor Press
    Bridgeport

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    • #3
      Simple, cheap, and very effective! Nice work, Don.

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      • #4
        Good looking machine too.

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        • #5
          Nice setup, we have the same lathe at my day job
          Richard
          West coast of Florida

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          • #6
            Wow what an awesome setup. Great job on the light hangers. There's nothing like having a well lit work area.
            Millermatic 252, Hypertherm Powermax30 XP, Hypertherm Powermax45 XP, LOTOS LTP5000D https://fabricationguy.com/

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            • #7
              Thanks for all of your comments.

              Originally posted by MetalnTrucks View Post
              There's nothing like having a well lit work area.
              Unfortunately as I get older "well lit" requires even more lignts.

              -Don
              Miller Thunderbolt
              Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
              Miller Dynasty 200DX
              Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
              Lincoln LE 31 MP
              Lincoln 210 MP
              Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
              16" DuAll Saw
              15" Drill Press
              7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
              20 Ton Arbor Press
              Bridgeport

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Don52 View Post
                Thanks for all of your comments.



                Unfortunately as I get older "well lit" requires even more lignts.

                -Don
                I sure do hear that, Don. I just put an 8' two tube fluorescent right over my lathe. Just couldn't see things any more.

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                • #9
                  Great looking shop, love the Lathe, lights don't think there ever is enough, it like tools and Lathes, fixing to get a 9" Logan a lady gave me, my wife where are going to put that one you have several, I told her in the living room, don't try that, they don't go for that.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Tinker Joe 2 View Post
                    Great looking shop, love the Lathe, lights don't think there ever is enough, it like tools and Lathes, fixing to get a 9" Logan a lady gave me, my wife where are going to put that one you have several, I told her in the living room, don't try that, they don't go for that.
                    I remember a rather long discussion at home when dad put the horizontal stabilizer from a Taylorcraft behind the couch in the living room......

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